I am urging federal lawmakers to come together quickly in reconciling the language in new opioid legislation. This is a crisis that needs a solution.
24/7 News reports that a sweeping bipartisan bill to fight the nationwide opioid crisis is on its way to becoming law. The Senate approved the bill on a 99-1 vote yesterday. Only Utah Republican Mike Lee voted against it. The House overwhelmingly passed a similar bill nearly three months ago. The Senate bill includes a provision allowing doctors to talk to Medicare patients about alternatives to opioids.
The bill needs to be reconciled with the House measure, but Senate aides are confident both chambers will agree on legislation by the end of the year. Let’s try to get this done even sooner, every minute counts.